Mudra means "seal" or "mark" and is a symbolic or ritualistic gesture. Most are performed with the hands and fingers, although some involve the entire body. They are used in meditation, martial arts, yoga or pranayama in order to direct energy flow within the body.
Mudras can help us to come back to intentions within our practice. They stimulate different areas of our brains and bodies. They can even produce specific energies and states of mind.
MUDRAS CAN HELP US TO COME BACK TO INTENTIONS WITHIN OUR PRACTICE.
When practicing mudras, our fingers each represent a specific universal element:
- Our thumb represents the fire element.
- Our index finger represents the air element.
- Our middle finger represents the space element.
- Our ring finger represents earth element.
- Our pinky finger represents water element.
Mudras can help us to create a balance of the elements within ourselves.
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VARUN MUDRA : The Mudra Of Water
The word or name Varun is associated with water and the sea.. The Varun Mudra helps to balance water element within your body and activate circulation. The Varun Mudra is thought to assist with digestive issues, skin dryness, dry mouth, dry eyes, dehydration, anemia, osteoarthritis, and certain bladder and kidney disorders.
Also known as the "mudra of mental clarity", the Varun Mudra is said to encourage openness and fluid communication. It's a nice mudra to subtly practice while in the midst of a difficult conversation.
Avoid practicing the Varun Mudra when suffering from a cold or if you have trouble retaining water.
TRY VARUN MUDRA
Standing or sitting in a comfortable position, extend your arms out in front of you. Bring together the tips of the thumb and pinky fingers. Extend your other fingers out straight. Try incorporating this mudra into a daily practice for at least 15 minutes a day (up to 45 minutes a day) and begin to notice its great benefits over time.
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